Just to follow up briefly on my thoughts from yesterday, another thing I say when pontificating about making a living as a storyteller is this:
“Every piece you do is going to end up being someone’s least favorite thing of yours . . . maybe they’re least favorite thing ever.”
Hearing and properly dealing with criticism may be the toughest part of creating stories (of any sort) for public consumption. And no matter how well you achieve your goals with a particular piece, no matter how many accolades you get, every piece you ever create is going to fail to connect with SOME portion of the audience.
That’s just how it goes.
Look at the life’s work of any writer, actor, director, artist, comedian, singer, cartoonist, or other creative type and you’ll find some corner of it that critics or the audience in general don’t like . . . and you’ll also find a smaller cadre of critics and the audience who think it’s the pinnacle of that person’s career. Likewise, look at that creator’s least successful, most unpopular work and you’ll find a cadre of folks who think it is the most brilliant thing ever put on God’s green earth.
The same will be true of EVERY project you ever publish or release.
It’s important that you get used to that idea. There are as many different ways to interpret your work as there are people who encounter it. And just as many different feelings that the work will invoke in the audience. Nothing is loved or hated universally.